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Miles Sabin scripsit:

> Dan Dennett _is_ however the editor of The Philosophers Lexicon, and 
> has been since it's early days before it went public in the American 
> Philosophers Association journal. That's where the verb "to quine" 
> comes from, and the definition there is the one understood by all the
> professional philosophers I've ever met.

Hmm.  And is that set perchance empty?

(Ray Smullyan:  "With this argument I have silenced every pragmatist
I have ever met.  Actually, I have never met any pragmatists, but
I'm sure that if I did meet one, it would silence him.")

There is a distinct verb "quine", probably coined by Douglas
Hofstadter, meaning "to precede by its quotation".  This
leads to a compact version of Quine's antinomy:

	"Yields falsehood when quined" yields falsehood when quined.

John Cowan           http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              cowan@ccil.org
Please leave your values        |       Check your assumptions.  In fact,
   at the front desk.           |          check your assumptions at the door.
     --sign in Paris hotel      |            --Miles Vorkosigan


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